(Closed) gratuity

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

It’s not a stupid question.  I tried researching this and could not find an answer on this etiquette question.  I am unsure exactly what we paid for catering, because we also used them for a lot of rentals, but I think we tipped them strickly on the price of the food (I think) and gave each server a check for $50 each.  They seemed very pleased.  I didn’t give it to the caterer because I wanted to make sure they received every dollar.  Twenty percent of my entire caterers bill would have been over $250.  I have heard that you should not tip any individual vendor over $200 (or was it $100?-I think it was $200).

Post # 6
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

At my venue, I asked the banquet manager what the norm for tipping his staff was.  For the wait staff, he said $20 pp, head maitre’d about $100, banquet coordinator about $100, and I gave the bartenders $50pp.  At 17 servers, 1 maitre’d, 1 banquet DOC, 4 bartenders…that’s $740 in tips….which is not even close to 20% of the total bill (it would’ve been a few thousand!)

I know every venue is different but hope this helps.

Post # 7
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think gratuity might be included in our contract at 20%.

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